Happy Little Stampers 2nd Blog Hop!

Welcome to The Creative Grove and the second Blog Hop for Happy Little Stampers! Chances are you hopped along from Carol’s blog. Today I have three projects to share for you from the second release at Happy Little Stampers!

Happy Little Stampers Blog Hop

In addition to some great inspired projects, HLS is giving away a $50 gift certificate to the store to one commenter! And, four other randomly selected lucky commenters will win a mystery prize too!  So as you’re hopping along, don’t forget to leave a comment!

Here’s what you do:
  • Start off by leaving a comment on the Happy Little Stampers blog, and then continue on to each Designer.
  • Be sure to comment on all the blogs – including the Happy Little Stampers blog in order to be eligible for the prizes!
  • The blog hop will run for one week giving you enough time to hop through and check out what the designers will be creating.

I used two of the new sets – Mix Mash and Everyday Sentiments to make some great cards that I hope you’ll love! Here are all the creative tips and details…

Blog Hop Projects

Ingrid Blackburn CAS Cards

Project One – OMG #YOUROCK

For this fun card I wanted something funky and cool for my niece Rebecca. I love the lightheartedness of some of the sentiments in the Mix Mash set. To create this card:

  • You’ll want to use the OMG and #YouRock stamps embossed in Black to really stand out from the colorful background.
  • You’ll need to match the quirkiness of the stamps, so choose a fun background stamp or stencil. I chose a Hero Arts Stencil that I recently purchased.
  • To get that fun colorful design, use a sponge applicator and sponge Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks to create the pattern on a piece of white card stock.

Hero Arts Stencils

  • To get the sentiment perfectly positioned, you’ll want to figure out how large you want your space to be, then plan on 1/8″ for the top and bottom.
  • I chose 3/4″ for my space and to keep with the Rule of Thirds theory of design, made sure to split my piece 1/3 of the way through. This helps to balance your project.
  • For a little dramatic effect – pop your panels up with dimensionals or foam tape. That will help to give you a great shadow effect.

It’s a fun project, right?

Happy Little Stampers

Project Two – Spunky Birthday

I just spent several weeks with my family in NY. My 10 year old niece Chiarra is all spunk and spirit. She loves to break out in song, dance or just start acting a scene – mark my words…she’ll be a future actress! I couldn’t get her singing out of my head this morning when I was stamping – so… fun, bright and playful is the direction this project went.

The Mix Mash stamp set is filled with great birthday sentiments and some awesome little detail stamps. I actually was going to add white sequins to it, when I decided to add the circle and lined circles in their place – it looks way better and talk about versatile! I love stamps like that. This project is a fun mixed mash itself! Here is how to recreate it:

  • First stamp your main sentiment.  Ink up the center of the largest Happy Birthday stamp with Distress – More Mustard, then use Picked Raspberries and Salty Ocean being sure to overlap them a bit to get a great mix of color. Keep it towards the bottom of a 3 3/4 x 4″ panel, leaving an inch to stamp other sentiments.
  • An embossing buddy/destatic tool is key for this project, as you’ll be handling it numerous times. Use your embossing buddy on a space above or below your main sentiment, and stamp one of the happy birthday stamps repeatedly across in versamark.

Happy Little Stampers Stamps

  • Try to keep them aligned. I had to stamp, add powder, then stamp again to see it right.
  • Once you have white powder on a line  – emboss with a heat tool and then repeat till your panel is filled.
  • Matte onto a matching panel – I used Melon Mambo by SU.  I trimmed my panel so that it was just slightly smaller than a 1/16″ border.
  • Figure out where you are placing your panel and stamp solid and lined circles in a few spots as in the card.
  • Pop up your panel and you’re all set!
  • This card is an A2 top folding card – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.

I know she’ll love it, it’s bright and fun. The white Happy Birthday’s really make a statement.

Masculine Cards

Project Three – Masculine Birthday

For this card, I wanted a more masculine look for my nephew Matt’s upcoming birthday. So I decided to go with a grey panel and keep it rather simple. Originally I was going to stamp and emboss the greeting on vellum, tear and overlay, but as I began, I thought simple might be better here. What do you think? This one is pretty straightforward, but here’s the step by step anyway!

  • Stamp and emboss your greeting from Everyday Sentiments in black about 1/3 rd of the way up from the bottom onto a piece of Basic Grey card stock (SU) – 3 7/8 x 5 1/8″.
  • Stamp the arrow stamps from the Mix Mash set in Versamark and emboss with clear powder to get the darker grey color.

Everyday Sentiments Masculine Card 002

  • Stamp and emboss your circle stamps from the Mix Mash set in black.
  • Add gold sequins and matte onto a black base 1/16″ larger ( 4 x 5 1/4″)
  • Adhere to a top folding A2 card – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.

It’s a simple card, but sometimes simple is just perfect. One of the reasons I just love CAS cards!!

Well, there you have it – just a few ideas and fun ways to use some of the new stamp sets in this second release. I hope you enjoyed the creative juice…and that’s a wrap for the second blog hop! If you didn’t start at the beginning with the Happy Little Stampers blog…be sure to head there next and hop along the way for 20 other designers ideas! WOW…that’s a ton of creativity!!

And be sure to comment to win too – in order to win, you need to comment on all the blogs including the HLS blog. Happy Hopping, see you next time!!


Here are links for the whole hop!

Happy Little Stampers
Kylie Purtell
Loll Thompson
Joyce Mehrberg
Gloria Lee
Tanja Kabel
Susan Bridgman
Gail Townsend
Carol Steedman
Melissa Lane
Linda Walmsley
Birgit Norton
Kim Heggins
Sue T.
Bonnie Klass
Carol Dunham
Ingrid Blackburn <—- You are Here!

About Ingrid Blackburn


  1. Such beautiful cards!! Great ink blending!

  2. Christine Ray says:

    Great techniques! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Great cards! Especially that birthday card, love it !

  4. How many ways can one say “Happy Birthday? Ingrid you certainly did a lovely job and the one for our men folk is so appreciated and grand.

  5. Love how different your three cards are – great inspiration. Thanks to you and all the other bloggers for a fabulous hop!

  6. OMEGA! WOW Ingrid. #You Rock! Thanks for the invitation to visit. I have enjoyed every persons blog. An amazing array of talent. Thank you for introducing me to Happy Little Stampers, their stamps are delightful and whimsical, too! I’m having trouble posting to Bonnie’s blog, I will go back and try again. Thanks again, cheers!

  7. Ida Faye Cutler says:

    Awesome cards! The embossed sentiment card is so impressive! Love it!

  8. Very nice cards. I really love the happy birthday one!

  9. Rob Keogh says:

    Absolutely gorgeous cards as always Ingrid. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Beautiful! I especially like the first two.

  11. Danielle Dietz says:

    Very pretty cards! I like the simplicity of the masculine card. Perfect for a guy. 🙂

  12. Perfect, vibrant and so elegant Ingrid.
    Especially love the tone on tone black one. Great showcase and superb inspiration with the sets. Sarah x
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  13. Fantastic cards, I love how you’ve showcased these sentiments, Cathy x

  14. All three cards are fabulous. My favorite is the first card. The background is awesome!

  15. These are fabulous, Ingrid. I especially love the embossed ‘happy birthdays’.
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  16. every card is gorgeous! I love all of them!

  17. I have 3 teenage grandchildren so first card is so great for them. Plus I am always on the lookout for masculine cards. Thank you!

  18. Great cards, Ingrid. Fab idea for a masculine birthday card. But my favourite is the other birthday one – love the way you used the sentiments!

  19. I love all your cards, especially the masculine birthday. Thanks.

  20. Awesome cards! The embossed sentiment card is so impressive! Love it!
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  21. Just goes to show that using the right stamps and great design you can make fab cards with very little. Very classy. 🙂
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  22. Chris Alexander says:

    thanks for the instructions, I’m going to try the fun card with the rainbow colours.

  23. The first and last card are simply fun and gorgeous!! beautiful showcase of the new release.

  24. Your cards are unusual. Great design, most impressed me the card 2 and 3.

  25. Ingrid, I’m in breath-taken-away awe at your beautiful cards. Pristine, classy, gorgeous! WOW!

  26. These are all fantastic–love them! so deliciously clean and simple!

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  27. 3 totally different looks with this new Mixed Mash set, and each one is just beautiful. Your imagination took wings in the ways you’ve used the fonts of the set and I love each one of the cards. Especially liked the split design on #1 with the swirls and inserting that bold sentiment as you’ve done. TFS & have a terrific week.
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  28. nancy littrell says:

    Love all the textures on your cards and how even though CAS very different from each other. A great example of the versatility of Kylie’s stamp sets. TFS Ingrid.

  29. All three cards are so gorgeous in design and colour choice. Amazing! Creative regards from stempelfrida

  30. Gorgeous cards Ingrid and I particularly love the first split design card. Hope you are getting over your long trip!
    Carol x
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  31. Thank you for the details on how you’ve made these gorgeous and classy cards. Great inspiration and really fabulous cards x

  32. Your cards are amazing, great use of texture, thanks for the inspiration x
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  33. Beautiful cards! I love your pretty techniques!
    Take care!

  34. Super cute CAS creations! Love the embossing on second one, great showcasing!

  35. Christine A says:

    Love those colourful cards.

  36. Bobbie Bluegill says:

    Awesome cards. The circles in the birthday card sure give that extra pop to this stunning card.

  37. Fabulous cards – I especially love the one for a male!
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  38. You Rock… I love all the little details.. from the split panel to the circles peeking out behind the panel.. to the masculine look of the the last.. Way to showcase these stamps.. great job! xx
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  39. Fantastic selection, as always, Ingrid! You are so inspiring!
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  40. Love all three of your bold and fantastic cards.
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  41. Wow, these are all awesome! Love the graphic designs!

  42. Three fabulous designs Ingrid, love the white embossing on the second card and what a great male design for the third. Carol x
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  43. Fabulous cards Ingrid …. each so different too. Love all the embossing on the second one …. great job! xx

  44. Great cards all round… the embossed sentiments are particularly impressive!
    Chrissie x
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  45. LOVE our designs Ingrid. You are so creative! Three very fun designs. xx

  46. Super awesome cards!
    You are so talented!!!
    Gloria Lee recently posted…Second Release Blog Hop – Happy Little StampersMy Profile

  47. Three wonderful cards, love all the embossing, love the masculine card!
    Val x

  48. Hannah Means says:

    Love that embossed Happy Birthday card!

  49. Super cards, Ingrid! I love them all. Great designs. Love #2 especially. BTW – I’m not sure how I missed that we live about 1 hr & 20 mins from each other!
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  50. Well, you are amazing. Back from a road trip and come up with these beauties. All that embossing – wow!!!! They are all amazing, my friend xx

  51. These are all great cards, Ingrid! Each one is amazing!
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  52. Ingrid,

    Great job on all three cards! I love how different each one is giving us great uses of the stamp sets. I think my favorite is the one inspired by your nice.

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